Assisted Suicide Should Be Legal Or Not? Essay

1359 Words Jan 11th, 2016 null Page
There has been many controversies over whether physician ­assisted suicide should be legal or not. Many people believe that it is morally wrong and should be unconstitutional. Individuals who support physician assisted suicide argue that it cuts costs, ends pain and suffering, and is not morally wrong. Physician­ assisted suicide is a controversial procedure that should be accepted, legally and morally as it is cost saving, and eliminates suffering from individual’s lives. If legalized, physician ­assisted suicide has “potential cost savings” (Emanuel, 1998, p. 1). One may not think that actually legalizing a physician to inject someone with a lethal dose to kill them can be cost saving at all, but research shows that it is. It is proven that managed care and managed death are actually less expensive than putting someone on life ­support This makes sense because keeping someone alive and having to pay for their care to keep them alive is far more expensive than just paying one price to terminate their life. Calculating the potential savings depends on three factors, the amount of people who may choose physician ­assisted suicide if legal, the amount of medical costs that could potentially be saved by use of assisted suicide, and the final cost of medical care for the patients who do die (Emanuel, 1998, p.1). Although all of the factors are uncertain, it is impossible to try and determine how many additional patients would choose physician ­assisted suicide, however,…

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